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The word modify means to change or to alter something. A modifier changes, clarifies, qualifies, or limits a particular word in a sentence in order to add emphasis, explanation or detail. Modifiers are usually descriptive words such as adjectives and adverbs.

Modifier phrases such as adjectival and adverbial phrases also exist and tend to describe adjectives and adverbs

The Power of Modifiers

Compare the sentences on the left with those on the right in the box below:


Without ModifiersWith Modifiers
1.The hunter entered the forest.The hunter entered the forbidden virgin forest.
2He showed her love.He showed her true love.
3There was an applause for the musician.There was a deafening applause for the superstar pop musician.
4She served us chicken.She served us rotten, putrid, frozen chicken.
5She served soup which I did not touch.She served stone-cold soup which I did not touch.
6He surrendered his keys.He reluctantly surrendered his keys.
7He completed his assignment and submitted it.He completed his assignment and submitted it behind schedule.
8She pays us a visit.She regularly pays us a surprise visit.

Adapted from New Oxford Secondary English Course for SSS 2

Analyzing the Modifiers

Adverbial Modifiers

1.   forbidden, virgin – modify forest

2.   true – modifies love

3.   deafening modifies applause

      superstar pop – modifies musician

4.   rotten, putrid, frozen – modify chicken

5.   stone-cold – modifies soup

8.   surprise – modifies visit

Adverbial Modifiers

6.   reluctantly – modifies surrendered

7.   haphazardly – modifies completed

      behind schedule – modifies submitted

8.   regularly – modifies pays

Class Activity

Here are ten modifiers. Look up their meanings and then classify them as adjectivals or adverbials:

renowned, blue, pungent, sour, stealthily, frivolous, perennially, continually, loquacious, shocking.

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